Breaking: Senate Judiciary Committee Votes
to Support Gang of Eight’s US Immigration Reform Bill

After long hours of debate and voting on various proposed amendments to the bill, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted last night to support the new US immigration reform bill.

None of the amendments approved in committee appear to have any bearing on the provisions relating to Canadian tourism or the Retiree visa. By all accounts these provisions of the bill have not changed. An amendment extending immigration rights to same-sex partners failed to gain approval in committee, and is not part of the bill being presented to the full Senate. Read the rest of this entry »

Incapacity Issues when Owning Florida Real Estate

A person is considered incapacitated when they have lost their ability to make important decisions, including those related to their assets or property.

What happens to your Florida property if you become mentally incapacitated? Your loved ones may encounter significant problems when trying to sell or transfer your property.

Under Florida law, the procedure called “guardianship” may be required in order to determine who can legally undertake the duty and responsibility to make decisions regarding an incapacitated person’s property and assets. Read the rest of this entry »

Buying in the U.S. … What About your Canadian Plan?

There is no denying that the United States continues to be a hot spot for many Canadians, and although the housing market crash has begun to recover, prices are still nowhere near where they once were. This coupled with the strength of our Canadian dollar means one thing; it’s a wonderful time to be Canadian. Although, the Canuck in me would say that it is always a great time to be Canadian, now is especially good. That aside, being a Canadian investing in the US real estate market comes with many considerations and decisions. Read the rest of this entry »

Florida: To Buy or Not To Buy?

“Is now the right time to buy?” This is a question asked by arguably all individuals when considering a real estate purchase – be it in Florida or otherwise. As a home-owner in Montreal I understand that many factors can affect whether it is a buyer’s or seller’s market; among them the political and economic state of the city, province, state or country where the real estate is situated. This is especially true with a cross-border purchase as there is the political and economic situation of multiple jurisdictions to consider. As a Canadian buying in Florida or elsewhere in the U.S., it is important to stay current on the ever-changing tax laws and new government policies. Read the rest of this entry »